U.S. stock futures start to wake up a bit after being fairly flat earlier, with the S&P...

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U.S. stock futures start to wake up a bit after being fairly flat earlier, with the S&P +0.1% and Dow +0.2%. Alcoa's (+2.75%) decent start to Q4 earnings season has been boosting sentiment at home and in Asia and Europe as well. The aluminum company's upbeat outlook "is encouraging because it suggests demand is picking up on a global scale," says economist Peter Cardillo. Later: EIA Petroleum Inventories